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English verb: preen

1. preen (contact) clean with one's bill

SamplesThe birds preened.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)arrange, clean, make clean, set up

2. preen (communication) pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)crow, gloat, triumph

3. preen (body) dress or groom with elaborate care

SamplesShe likes to dress when going to the opera.

ExamplesThey preen , They preen themselves

Synonymsdress, plume, primp

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)attire, deck out, deck up, dress up, fancy up, fig out, fig up, get up, gussy up, overdress, prink, rig out, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up

Verb groupdress, get dressed

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